Hi, my name is Dr. Uri Burstyn
I’m a veterinarian in Vancouver BC and I’d
like to welcome you to my series of practical skills for pet owners
We’re here today with Claudia,
she’s a little one-year-old girl cat and
We’re gon na have Mr. Pirate joining us
a little bit later just to talk a little bit about
Proper cat handling.
So this might – it’s gonna be a fun little video
We’re just going to talk
about how to approach and handle a cat
You know when I’m in clinics I often see people walking
around swinging their cat like this
And it really just kind of makes me
cringe because that’s not comfortable for the cat
or that safe to be honest with you
so I just want to kind of go over
a little bit how to pick up a cat
and different ways of managing them just
To make your life a little bit easier
You know when you’re approaching a cat, it’s nice to introduce yourself,
you know, let them sniff your hand notice
I keep my fingers curled a little bit
So if the cat doesn’t really want my
company she can’t really chomp me when my fingers are curled.
So introduce yourself,
give them a little bit of a scratch just
on the side of the face like that or
a little tickle under the chin
And there we go
We just made friends with this wonderful little cat
If you’re just approaching a cat
to just pat them and have fun with them
You have to remember that cats can spook very easily.
So you do kind
of want to take it easy with them
They’re also much smaller than us.
So a light touch typically pays off with a cat
You can tickle them a little bit stroke them
But most people try to pick up cats and that’s kind
of we get into trouble
So the key to picking up
a cat safely is to make them feel supported
So I always pick up a cat with one
hand under the chest one hand under the abdomen
and then we can lift them up
Sort of even forced gently.
So they’re not hanging down.
They’re not flopping about.
That way they’ll be
Comfortable and also that way you’ll be safe
because what happens when you have a cat swing free in the air Is,
they’ll often start to scramble
for purchase they’ll get you with their hind legs.
They can do quite a bit of damage I
mean and I’ve been scratched quite badly on my
forearms just with a with a cat
going for a little bit of a paddle
with their legs and
and Raking me and this is quite common
It’s probably the most common way people get scratched either
if a cat just feels insecure
Tries to grab purchase tries to scramble up onto something
out of your hands and that’s when you get a little bit injured
It’s very little kids swing cats
around can can get a bit of strife that way
so just nice and supported hold them up and then
if I need to carry a cat around
I usually just holding close to my body
And again, I’m just squishing them squishing them into myself,
you know that way Claudia feels nice and supported
I’ll put my hand out here
for her put her paws down and you know
I can carry her
around quite safely like this and and and she won’t want to get away
Now if we do have a cat who’s trying to get away from us?
We always squish that cat If you’re trying to hold the cat down whether it’s
To trim their nails or to give them a
pill or whether you just want to have a
cat not run off for a moment
Squish that cat.
All you need to know
about cat restraint is to squish that cat again,
feel very secure that way and they
generally even if they’re really scared like sometimes cats
come to me in the clinic and they’re
Quite afraid and you just gently squish them and they’ll sit there and kind
of not hurt themselves not hurt us
Just hang out and let us do our thing
If you have a towel handy This is one
of the best cat restraint tools around
You can just throw a towel
in the caddy and squish over the towel
that way they won’t get a claw into you if there are scrambling
about a bit very safe and gentle and
Generally cats are very very happy to be squished like that
Now if you have one other thing I want to show you with Claudia. Hey,
嘿 宝贝 你要去哪？
darling, where you going?
Is a football carry.
So this is kind of an emergency way.
If you really need to carry a cat
through somewhere in a hurry
and Maybe there’s not much time
what you’re gon na do this scoop her up,
little football carry just like that.
Little head’s under your arm
butt in your hand and you
squish her tight to your body and
with that little football carry You can basically
hold a cat very securely and very safely
Because it’s really hard
for them to rake you with their hind legs
If you’re holding them like this just squish them really tight to your body.
You don’t have to worry about hurting a cat
they’re very very tough little beasts and
You know just squish you against your bodies.
Never going to do them any harm.
In fact, they tend to feel more safe and secure
When they’re being held tightly now, I’m just gonna
Say goodbye to little Claudia and
bring Mr. Pirate in who’s another cat and
Show you some shoulder cat techniques Right.
So we’re here
with Mr. Pirate to demonstrate a behavior that I call shoulder cats
So Pirate is a shoulder cat he loves being on shoulders.
This is their favorite position to be in it’s really convenient
for your cat like that because they’re really easy to carry around
But some people get put off by shoulder cats.
So let me show you why
All right, Mr. Pirate he’s
my handsome little he’s 14 year old boy
Very handsome a little bit chubby.
Quite beautiful though.
Look at that face.
Look at that face
So notice see how he tried to get up
on my shoulder there for a second
So when we’re hanging out
with Pirate his main goal is to get up on my shoulder
And that can be a little scary to people because
if people are standoffish or if you understand what’s going on
He could potentially scratch you
because cats will naturally put their claws out to climb.
So look at him
He’s looking at my shoulder
all I have to do is lean down and
he’s gon na scramble his way up and
lot of cats are shoulder cats
and this is great
Sometimes you’ve got ta be a little bit careful
when a cat goes up on your shoulder because
it can shoot off behind you and run off
And give your back a bit
of a scratch or sometimes they try to scramble around the back of your neck
but as I said
before squishing is your best friend when you’re dealing with a cat so
You have a cat on your shoulder.
You squish them nice and tight and he’s gonna stay there
Now if you’re wearing a jumper or a hoodie –
something like a thick jacket
Cats can actually climb up on your shoulders and be really comfortable.
I’ve seen people walking around town
with a cat in their hoodie
Usually it’s a good idea to
have a harness on them when you do that
But this is a really great way to carry a cat around.
Now not all cats go for this.
Some cats simply don’t like being on the shoulder and that’s okay.
But if you do have a cat who insists
on being lifted up you basically just lean forward.
Let me demonstrate that again
I should show you how to put him down as well
But if you have a cat who wants to
come up you lean forward and he’ll just put
himself up and you support his bottom
And there you have it and when you try to put him down,
often he won’t want to
So you have two choices one is just
to lean back and they’ll kind of leap off your back
not the safest thing. Two,
is to support your little cat
and just lean forward lean forward lean forward and eventually
They’ll right themselves and hang out.
So that’s how you deal with a shoulder cat
Now I hope you enjoyed this video, please give us a like,
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Just remember to have fun with your cat.